Nikiforos Diamandouros

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Nikiforos Diamandouros ( Greek Νικηφόρος Π. Διαμαντούρος , born June 25, 1942 in Athens ) is a Greek sociologist and historian . From 2003 to 2013 he was the European Ombudsman .


Diamandouros studied Political Science at Indiana University and Columbia University , where he earned a Masters of Arts (1965) and a Masters in Philosophy (1969) degrees, and received his doctorate in 1972. Teaching activities at the State University of New York and Columbia University followed. From 1980 to 1983 he was Development Director of Athens College in Athens and then Program Director of the Social Science Research Council in New York. From 1988 to 1991 he was director of the Greek Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Athens. After various offices, he became a professor at the University of Athens in 1993 .

From 1992 to 1998 he was President of the Greek Political Science Society.

From 1998 to 2003 he was the first National Ombudsman of Greece.

In 2003, Diamandouros was elected by the European Parliament as European Ombudsman for the remainder of the 1999-2004 term of office, and in early 2005 and 2010 he was re-elected for five years each. In March 2013, he announced that he would be retiring after ten years of service. Emily O'Reilly succeeded him in October 2013 .

Diamandouros is the author of numerous works on the politics and history of Greece, Southern and Southeastern Europe, in particular on democratization, the process of the formation of nation states and the relationship between culture and politics.

Fonts (selection)

  • Political modernization, social conflict and cultural cleavage in the formation of the modern Greek state, 1821-1828, (Dissertation 1972, Columbia)
  • Hellenism and the first Greek war of liberation: (1821-1830); continuity and change, Thessaloniki 1976 (Ed.)
  • A bibliographical essay on southern Europe and its recent transition to political democracy, Fiesole 1986
  • Parties, politics, and democracy in the new Southern Europe, Baltimore 2001
  • Πολιτισμικός δυισμός και πολιτική αλλαγή στην Ελλάδα της μεταπολίτευσης Politismikos duismos ke politiki allagi stin Ellada tis metapolitevsis of Greece and democratic change 2002
  • Οι απαρχές της συγκρότησης σύγχρονου κράτους στην Ελλάδα 1821-1828 I aparches tis synkrotisis Synchronou Kratous stin Ellada 1821 - 1828 , 2002 (The beginnings of the formation of the modern Greek state 1972 (s. Diamond).
  • Η Ελλάδα της μετανάστευσης Κοινωνική συμμετοχή, δικαιώματα και ιδιότητα του πολίτη I Ellada tis metanastevseis: cinema niki symmetochi, dikeomata ke idiotita tou politi (The Greece of democratic change, social participation, fundamental rights and civil liberties), 2004 ISBN 9789602183885

Web links

Commons : Nikiforos Diamandouros  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. biography (Greek)
  2. biography (Greek)
  3. Publication of the EU
  4. EU Ombudsman to retire , of March 14, 2013, accessed on February 16, 2018